April 12, 2019
12:15 pm
EVENT: Lessons Learned from the Iraq War
The Army recently published a comprehensive assessment of the Iraq War. Its findings have implications for Department of Defense force planning and current policy in the Middle East. Join us via Livestream tomorrow at 12:15pm EST to unpack these issues in discussion with Michael Gordon, COL (retired) Frank Sobchak, and (former) Ambassador Barbara Leaf, moderated by Bradley Bowman.


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